City Paper Company, ImageWorks Merge

City Paper Company (asi/162267) announced it has merged with ImageWorks (asi/230173). Both distributors are based in Birmingham, Alabama. Terms of the merger were not announced.

“City Paper Company opened its doors 119 years ago with the belief that we should build lasting profitable relationships with customers through the best service, best products and the best value prices,” said CEO and President Paul Friedman, Jr. Added COO Mark Friedman, “ImageWorks clearly believes in this model and we could not have found a better partner to help us expand our ever-growing presence in the promotional products industry.”

ImageWorks, which began 24 years ago, will operate as a division of City Paper Company for the time being. President Rick Roth will join City Paper as vice president of business development. He and Judy Edwards, director of accounts for Image Works, will work out of City Paper’s Birmingham office.

“The driving force behind this merger is growth and greater stability for me, my team and my customers,” said Roth, who has been with ImageWorks since 1997. “My entire professional background has been providing products and service. I have learned in offering products in any industry that who you buy from can be just as important as what you buy. This merger will further strengthen my ability to offer my customers new, innovative and best-in-class products and services and provide my team vast growth potential.”

City Paper Company began in 1897 as a packaging and paper supply company and today offers promotional products, retail packaging products and print and marketing services. The distributor is family-owned and operated and serves both national and international clientele.